A PRIVATE UNIVERSE

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Art Tomorrow in collaboration with Indian Council for Cultural Relations held  a solo exhibition of Shri Atin Basak “A Private Universe showcasing more than 50 paintings, consisting of tempera artwork at Art gallery, Abindranath , ICCR Kolkata from 6- 8 December, 2016 .

Atin Basak was born on the 27th March, 1966.He spent most part of his life in Baitakkhana street, Pataldanga region, near Sealdah station, central Kolkata. His surname is a title given by the Mughals to the master weavers of Bengal province. His family had migrated from Manikgunj, Dhaka district (now in Bangladesh), to Kolkata.

In order to comprehend Atin’s artistic preoccupation and pursuit one has to unravel things from his past. As a child, Atin was a shy, he did not talk much. He was rather withdrawn and lived in his own world of fantasy. Even as a toddler when he was put in a chair, he could sit and be still dreaming of angelic beings and fairies. He was a daydreamer. At night he slept with his grandmother. Before he fell asleep, she would, tell him stories from her large oral collection of folk and fairy tales, mythology and the Epics. Collecting thread from such stuff he would weave his dreams.

Atin’s schooldays were spent in Mitra Institution main, central Kolkata. There, he met his art teacher Sukumar Bhattacharya who was an eccentric but otherwise a brilliant mentor.

His life has not been smooth sailing. Even in desperate situations, he held on to the belief that he was a man of destiny in a small but significant way. This self-image, premonition if you will, has helped him to carry on. His father, Nripendra Mohon, encouraged and quietly supported Atin’s every move. And when his father became sick with cancer; those were critical years for Atin. Inspite of difficulties, he graduated from Government College of Art and Craft in 1991. Later he went off to Baroda to do his Masters from MS University. There everyone was impressed by his work and recommended him whenever possible. In 1996-97, he was invited as a visiting lecturer by the Director of Ecole Regionale des Beaux Arts, Cean, France. M. Passera, the Director, had taken a liking for both Atin and his work. In 2000, he became Charles Wallace India Trust Scholar in UK. Subsequently, he joined the Printmakers Workshop, Edinburgh. Atin began experimenting with engraving.

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